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Issue 42 - AnicegirllikeAbigail

Whisky Magazine Issue 42
September 2004

 

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AnicegirllikeAbigail

AbigailBosanko'snewbookisaromanceaimedattheprofessionalfemale.Butitincludeswhiskytastingnotesanditscentralcharacterisawhiskyexpert.What'sgoingon?

OnthefaceofitANiceGirlLikeMewouldseemtobeatypicalgirlienovel.It'sgotapinkcover.It'saboutawomanmarriedtoanoldermanbutisromanticallydrawntoayoung,dashing,handsomebuck.Willsheorwon'tshe?

Andtobehonest,dowereallycare?Notifwe'remalewedon't.

Hangonaminute,though;isn'tthataquotefromCharlieMacLean?Aren'tthosetastingnotes?AndhaveIreadthatright?

ThewomannarratingthestoryseemsnotonlytobeabitofanexpertonwhiskybutactuallyworksforwhatiscalledinthebooktheEdinburghMaltWhiskySociety.

Andthere'smore:whoonearthisthisreferringtowhenittalksofDodgio?Wheredothesereferencestopinkwhiskycomefrom?Andisitmyimagination,butaretheconversationsbetweentraditionalwhiskydrinkersandtheyoungeroneswhowantto,amongotherthings,addicetotheirwhisky,serveasametaphorfortheromanticcross-generationcomingsandgoingsintherestofthebook?

NovelistAbigailBosanko'snewbook,publishedinSeptember,mightbeallfrothywavesonthesurface,butunderneathissuesseethelikeangrycurrents.IntheAutumn,U.K.women'smagazineMarieClairewillgiveawayherlastbookonitscoverandpromoteANiceGirlLikeMeinside.Andthere'stherub–Abigail,orratherourheroineEmily,isn'tsuchanicegirlafterall.

Infactshe'smetaphoricallygoingintobattleontwofronts;againsttheoldguardofthewhiskyindustrywhofrownatanythingbeyondadashofwaterinasinglewhisky,andhertargetaudience–womenwhoaren'tconsiderednaturaldrinkersofwhiskybutcouldandshouldbe.OratleastasfarasAbigail'sconcerned.ParttimeemployedattherealScotchMaltWhiskySociety,she'sconvincedthattherearelotsofpotentialconvertsoutthere,andoldf...

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